39 Teacher Hacks To Make the End of the School Year Easier

Genius ideas that make these last days manageable and fun.

end-of-year teacher hacks

These last days of school can be difficult, but we know you’ll hang in there. To help, we collected great tips and teacher hacks to make your classroom cleaner, your students happier, and your summer a little closer. These end-of-year teacher hacks will give you more time to enjoy all those great little classroom moments that you love about teaching.

1. Because it’s time to get them ready to move on. 

Because it time to get the ready to move on

How cute are these “First Grader in Training” badges?

Source: @emilylbudz

2. Because it’s simple and to the point. 

Because it's simple and to the point

Sometimes direct is the best way to go. 

Source: @fallingforfifth

3. Because there’s always time for an anchor chart. 


Because there's always time for an anchor chart

Get your students to share their best memories of the year for all to see. 

Source: @teachingwithamountainview


4. Because it’s a simple way to show them you care. 

A simple way to show them you care

It will mean a lot to them. 

Source: @teachingalatteinfirst

5. Because we all need this reminder sometimes. 

Because we all need this reminder sometimes

Leave yourself little notes (or treats) to get you through! 

Source: @prayandteach

6. Because this is one way to keep kids engaged until the very end. 

Keep kids engaged until the very end

Why yes, that is a school with slides installed over the stairs. 

Source: @viveshogeschool

7. Because you might need this. 

Because you might need this

It really never hurts to have some extra immunity on your side. 

Source: @alittlehayesy

8. Because they will love the mystery! 

Because they will love the mystery

Simple envelopes are a genius way to keep students engaged. 

Source: @mathandmorein104

9. Because they deserve a reminder of how far they’ve come. 

They deserve a reminder of how far they've come

Show them a few things from the start of the year and help them be proud! 

Source: @taryns_unique_learning

10. Because it gives students something to look forward to each day. 

Something to look forward to each day

It’s better than a countdown! 

Source: @thelifetimelearner

11. Because you don’t want to forget to capture those memories. 

Because you don't want to forget the capture the moment

Their parents will thank you for this, too. 

Source: @mrs80teach

12. Because little victories throughout the day can lead to a prize. 

Little victories

We love all the little goals to give students to accomplish.

Source: @teachingbytheglades

13. Because Post-its are so simple, yet so genius. 


You can also encourage your students to make their own countdown with Post-its. 

Source: @chalkoneupfortheteacher

14. Because some days are too hot when you don’t have an AC. 

Because some days are too hot

This teacher knows how to keep her students cool!  

Source: @firstcoffee.thenlife

15. Because this is a great way to capture memories. 

A great way to capture memories

This was for Mother’s Day, but it’s a great idea for capturing favorite lessons, subjects, and school moments.

Source: @fiercelyteaching

16. Because this is going to come in handy! 

This is going to give candy

If you gave this to your teacher BFF, they’d love you forever. 

Source: @prestoplans

17. Because you might be looking for that cap one day. 

Because you might be looking for a cap that day

This teacher saves all lost lids and caps so they can find their match again one day! 

Source: @weareteachers

18. Because a hydration station is genius! 

A hydration station is genius

Yes, this idea is definitely worth stealing. 

Source: @firstcoffee.thenlife

19. Because you can’t take the arguing any longer.

When you can't take the arguing any longer

You might as well just label them after all. 

Source: @thebaileybunch.4

20. Because the learning is NOT over! 

The learning is not over

Put the power in their hands! 

Source: @fiercelyteaching

21. Because sometimes you just need to take it outside. 

Sometimes you need to take it outside

When you have a gorgeous day, you have to take advantage of it! 

Source: @madeinthirdgrade

22. Because it’s a great way to keep track of classroom jobs. 

Keep track of classroom jobs

You can get these name tags at the dollar store! 

Source: @weareteachers

23. Because they should know by now.

Becuase they should know by now

A little reminder never hurts, though!  

Source: @teacherwright

24. Because you wish you would’ve thought of this about seven months ago.

You should have thought of this seven years ago

“Go check the No Name board,” you’ll say. 

Source: @sixthgradeteachers

25. Because these memories are worth capturing. 

Because these memories are worth capturing

It can be a lot of work to do projects like these, but they’re definitely worth it. 

Source: @hippohoorayforsecondgrade

26. Because you never have the time to bake anyway.

Because you never have the time to bake anyway

Cookie sheets make great learning tools! 

Source: @talesfrommissd

27. Because you’d rather be at the beach.

Because you'd rather be at the beach

This hack is all about treating yourself to make it through these last days! 

Source: @teachingincardigansinfourth

28. Because everyone’s excited for summer. 

Excited for the summer

They will love watching you pop a balloon each day!  

Source: @teachcreatemotivate

29. Because math … yeah, math.

Math, yeah math

It’s actually your trick to get them to clean the tables after, but they don’t have to know that!  

Source: @crayonsandkiddos

30. Because you can leave them with this. 

You can leave them with htis

What a great way gift you can give them, and it’s something they can refer to all summer! 

Source: @thecounselingteacherbrandy

31. Because this makes our hearts melt.

This makes our heart melt

Send one home with them to use over the summer, too.  

Source: @mrs_beatties_classroom

32. Because it might help you keep your sanity, which is wearing thin.

Help you keep your sanity

“I want the desks to stay where they are!”  

Source: @ascoopoflearning

33. Because it’ll add color to your learning. 

It'll add color to your learning

 Those sight words just got more fun to practice! 

Source: @winnerwinnermrsskinner

34. Because we have to conserve when it’s the end of the year.

You have to conserve at the end of the year

 This will help make your supplies last! 

Source: @tinylaughingteacher

35. Because it’s better than “One, two, three eyes on me.” 

Better than 1,2,3 eyes on me

Every teacher should have one of these! 

Source: @aprimarypurpose

36. Because everything needs a recharge. 

Everything needs a recharge

Assign the classroom job of checking these daily to one of your students. 

Source: @thetexasteacher14

37. Because it keeps it all in one spot! 

It keeps it all in one spot

Those puff balls are another good dollar store buy! 

Source: @missamandasapples

38. Because end-of-year encouragement is so valuable. 

End of year encouragement is valuable

Get students to encourage each other, too. 

Source: @misskate7and8

39. Because all teachers need more of this. 

All teachers need more of this

Give yourself a recharge as often as possible, even when you have a pile of stuff on your to-do list.

Source: @food_for_taught_

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